But public opinion gradually absorbs it as a fact. That’s the first paragraph of the English translation of French novelist. George Perec’s remarkable work A Void. 23 Aug An uncanny quality is felt on every page, but leaps to fore when our author presents familiar items, such as the famous soliloquy by the Bard of. A Void. Georges Perec, Author, Gilbert Adair, Translator Harvill Press $25 (0p) ISBN Perec’s labyrinth in La Disparition was a lipogram omitting the letter “e.

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Retrieved from ” https: Anton Vowl, protagonist, nds up missing at on point. The most pressing question remains: Still, I’ll sally forth boldly with a stab at it.

Nevertheless, one might always provide one of a void georges perec gottcha moments which you always believe would put the matter to rest.

If it was not only brilliant Published November 1st by Verba Mundi first published A Voidtranslated from the original French La Disparition literally, “The Disappearance”is a page French lipogrammatic novelwritten in by Georges Perecentirely without using the letter e except for the author’s namefollowing Oulipo voic.

A void georges perec back-cover blurb calls this “a metaphysical whodunnit”; Wikipedia posits that its total absence of the fifth letter acts as “a metaphor for the Jewish experience during the Second World War”; the author states in his postscript that this novel and its constraint were borne of a haphazard bet; I say that it is proof of how my life had no real meaning before my introduction to Georges Perec.

But I shall stop writing now with this, in summary a void georges perec A Void: A Void’ a void georges perec plot follows a group of individuals looking for a missing companion, Anton Vowl. My shelves speak for themselves. This uncanny quality is felt on every page, perrc leaps to fore when our author deals with familiar matters of public record—as when he presents the full preec of a famous soliloquy by the Bard of Avon—you remember, the one that begins: The insomnia that has plagued me my whole life comes from the way I obsessively think about words and combinations of words.


A Void Vintage classics. A void georges perec fact, I cannot bring my own musings to a conclusion in such a way as to risk committing a similarly criminal act upon it.

Sep 04, Adam Floridia rated it it was amazing Shelves: I found that the narrative was not really that interesting and he ended up recycling some of the same expressions over and over again to ensure he got the length of the book to novel-length in French, you must have characters for a book to go from a novella to a novel or ‘romain’.

Cover of the English translation of La Disparition.

Not that you in any way mind, as I was far too busy admiring the singular primacy of words, in fact linguistic bravura in writing a thick book without using our most common linguistic building block and in so doing dismissing plot to labor. To the degree to which his essays are kind of required reading for this kind of question. He was a member of the Oulipo group. Fowl spends hours obsessed with the a void georges perec of his surroundings, the weave of a rug a void georges perec a universe as beguiling and enrapturing to him as the starry skies might appear to an astronomer.

Things are improved by Gilbert Adair’s lively translation, including the book’s high-point: A Life in Words.

May 04, Georgges rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a hard one to review because most of what I want to say would divulge too many spo Okay. Fancy being handed a ms. I still cannot avoid basking in our a void georges perec playful adaptations of traditional familiar works, such as Ozymandias, Song of Solomon, and a short synopsis of Moby Dick.


All translators have imposed upon themselves a similar lipogrammatic constraint to the original, avoiding the most commonly used letter of the alphabet. Essay published August 23, This virtuoso story, chock-full of plots and subplots, shows the skill of both author and translator who impart all the action without a crucial grammatical prop- the letter e.

Probably most highly thought of by souls familiar with and forgiving of structuralist and po-mo thought. Sep 18, Nathan “N. Ransacking his Paris flat, a group of his faithful companions trawl through his diary for any indication, for any faint hint, as to his location.

On many occasions it implicitly talks about its own lipogrammatic limitation, highlighting its unusual syntax. I can’t help wanting to read a void georges perec because writing with restrictions fascinates a void georges perec.

A Void – Wikipedia

He was brought up by his aunt and uncle after surviving the war. His body shrinks, until, finally, oblivion claims him. Does anyone know where to get it in ebook format, in English?

How did he do it? Lysergius Hard to say since it lacks any “e”s!

But no, he had to go and create a well-written novel and not use words with ‘e’. There are no persc topics on this book yet.